Aitakf in Ramadan is a holy sunnah of our beloved prophet SAW. Some adherents watch Aitakaf for the last ten days of Ramadan and others go for the last 3 days. It is one of the blessed activity performed and followed by the Muslim adherents throughout the globe.
Ahadees about Aitakaf or Itikaf
Narrated by Aisha RA,
(the wife of the Prophet) The Prophet used to practice Itikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan till he died and then his wives used to practice Itikaf after him. (Volume 3, Book 33, Number 243)
Narrated by Abu Huraira RA,
The Prophet used to perform Itikaf every year in the month of Ramadan for ten days, and when it was the year of his death, he stayed in Itikaf for twenty days. (Volume 3, Book 33, Number 260)
Narrated by ‘Urwa RA
Aisha during her menses used to comb and oil the hair of the Prophet while he used to be in Itikaf in the mosque. He would stretch out his head towards her while she was in her chamber. ( Volume 3, Book 33, Number 262)
As Ramadan is exceptionally contrasted with different months, so are the various days and exercises attempted in Ramadan. The month is known for the Taraweeh that is exceptional to the month, the circulation of it into three Ashras, where each Ashra accompanies its one of a kind hugeness. One other component that comes one of a kind with Ramadan is the Sunnah of Itikaaf. The lines underneath talk about how significant Itikaf is as a Sunnah and a demonstration of love and by what means can a Muslim ideally use the time spent in Itikaf.
Last Days of Ramadan and Itikaf
Itikaf is the Sunnah of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) according to which He (SAW) used to go through the most recent ten days of Ramadan in isolation with insignificant human contact and all that time was spent in love and recognition of Allah Almighty. There are various hadiths of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that show the recognition of Itikaf by Him and the excellencies it conveys.
From this portrayal of Hazrat Aisha (RA) unmistakably Itikaf was not only an onetime Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) deed of Prophet S.A.W in Ramadan, rather, as long as He lived He watched Itakaf in all the Ramadan months that came in the course of His life. Consequently, this shows the significance and status of Itakaf in Islam and there is nothing unusual with a large number of Muslims watching it consistently during Ramadan.
Its Sawab is equal to Hajj And Umrah
Prophet (PBUH) stated:
“He who watches the ten days Itikaf during Ramadan will acquire the compensation of two Hajj and two Umrah.” (Bayhaqi)
This hadith offers a modest and cost-free alternative to every one of those Muslims who can’t bear to go to Hajj or Umrah. Just by watching Itikaf, a Muslim can win a reward equal to two Hajj and Two Umrahs. Subsequently, every Muslim must plan to watch Itikaaf, in any event once throughout everyday life.
Secure yourself from Hell:
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stated:
“Whosoever for the wellbeing of Allah did even one-day Itikaf, Allah would get him far from Jahannam by channels.” (Tabarani)
From the hadith, unmistakably if an individual watches Itikaf for even a solitary day, the prize got by the person in question from Allah is security from Jahannam. One can just envision the award for all the ten evenings for which an individual watches Itikaf for Allah.
How to best utilize Itikaf
Itikaf is one of the major and eminent Sunnah of Prophet (PBUH), also, as it is additionally Ramadan explicit, in this way, it is more than basic that one utilizes when performing out this Sunnah. The lines beneath give a few hints on how you can ideally use the time spent in Itikaf.
Plan it and keep a record
During Itikaf, every single second is of significance, along these lines, it is more than basic that a Muslim utilizes every second accessible. In such a manner, the most ideal approach to utilize the time is to keep a day by day planned diagram in which you can write down the sort and kinds of supplications you will perform during the day. Assign a time to them and afterward attempt to go through your day in Itikaf as per the outline. Along these lines, every single snapshot of your Itikaf will be put to best use with no time squander.
Odd nights are the most important ones
In the odd evenings of the most recent ten days of Ramadan is the Laylatul Qadr. It is a night that is superior to a thousand months and the most honored night in the year. At the point when a Muslim is in Itikaf, the person in question must make extraordinary courses of action for supplications in the odd evenings as nobody knows which of the odd evenings is the Laylatul Qadr. Thus, a Muslim must ensure that none of the odd evenings abandons over the top Ibadat and Quran recitation, as these two are the significant deeds that can help increase the more prominent prize. Additionally, a Muslim should likewise stress on request during these evenings as the odds of accomplishing absolution additionally increment exponentially during the Laylatul Qadr. Accordingly, during Itikaf, notwithstanding customary petition plan, a Muslim must make extraordinary arrangements for the odd evenings.
Each Muslim knows about the way that the Quran was uncovered to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on the Laylatul Qadr, which is in the odd evenings of the last Ashra of Ramadan. As Itikaf is additionally seen in the last Ashra of Ramadan, accordingly, it is very common that a Muslim recounts Quran in plenitude during the most recent ten days in Itikaf. Other than the way that the recitation of Quran gets more noteworthy prize Ramadan, its recitation while watching Itikaf likewise gives an extraordinary opportunity to a Muslim to consider over the significance and educating of the Quran which are pearls of knowledge and each section conveys implications that can help a Muslim think about existence, the universe, Allah and the correct way that prompts Him. Thusly, Quran recitation with its interpretation is another significant deed that ought to be considered for ideal use of time between petitions during Itikaf days.
More or less, Itikaf is probably the best sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Ramadan. Each Muslim who can make time to watch Itikaf for ten days of Ramadan should have a go at watching it as the prizes and favors that accompany Itikaf are unmatchable and incomparable.
Last but not least is
Ramadan and Ibadat of Itikaf should be visible throughout a Muslim’s life as the month of Ramadan is not just keeping one away from food but to prepare him for the upcoming life after that. If one keeps on doing the wrong deeds in the remaining months of the year that means he forgot what he practiced in the holy month of Ramadan.
This very thing should be taken into consideration after this holy month. May Allah SWT help us all to follow Quran and Sunnah throughout our lives. AMEEN.